All Cheshire Parish Registers online within reasonable time period

Cheshire Parish Register Project

The Guild of One Name Studies has just twittered that “The Cheshire Parish Register Project hopes to make all Cheshire PRs available “in a reasonable period of time”.  This project has been around for a while with a dedicated band of volunteers working away at transcribing the registers. The project is run by Dr Colin Phillips, Dr Bernard Diaz and Jonathan Pepler, the late Dr Paul Hair was instrumental in the setting up of the project.

So good news for those with Cheshire ancestors, especially those who live outside the British Isles. Although not complete the website has a search facility so it is very worthwhile to check to see if “your parish” has been transcribed. Do read the Overview and Progress pages as they give a understanding of which parishes have been started and how far the transcription has been completed.

Bromfield, Claverley, Westbury, Shropshire parish transcripts

Shropshire Parish Register SocietyAs often happens when browsing the internet and the Ancestry Card catalogue in particular I came across something I wasn’t looking for !! Having found these transcripts I thought it would be useful to some Shropshire genealogists out there somewhere to know that this un-indexed set of parish register transcripts for Bromfield, Claverley and Westbury are available online.

As I said above these are transcripts of the originals registers and they aren’t indexed onto the main Ancestry search engine so a search under surname won’t bring them up. The transcripts are for the following time periods –

  • Bromfield 1559 – 1812
  • Claverley 1568 – 1837
  • Westbury 1638 – 1812

The transcripts were made by the Shropshire imageParish Register Society some years ago and although the books have been well used the transcriptions are very clear. The introduction giving information and background to the parish is well worth spending the time reading. At the end of each volume there is a place name and a surname index.

A bonus for those with family history in Shropshire. I’d better go and try and find the records I was looking for before I stumbled across these transcripts!

Image – St Mary the Virgin, Bromfield, near to Bromfield, Shropshire, Great Britain. Originally a Benedictine Priory church, dating from 1155, with 13th and 16th century additions and restored in 1890. The copyright on this image is owned by Ian Capper and is licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 license.


St Dunstan, Stepney records now online

St Dunstan Stepney baptisms

For the last few days Ancestry has been saying that they will be putting up a new set of records on the 24 October so I expected that FindMyPast would do the same ….. and I was right!!

St Dunstan, Stepney baptisms has been added to the Dockland’s Collection at FindMyPast. The additions 20,000+ records for the period 1697 – 1712. St Dunstan’s must have been a busy parish to have generated that number of baptisms over a 15 year period.

The transcripts have been provided by the team at Dockland Ancestors.

FindMyPast Middlesex Collection – new additions

Philip Richard Morris - The Christening Party Whoo Hoooo !!!!!

 FindMyPast has added 95,000+ new baptism transcriptions and 79,000+ burial transcriptions to their Middlesex Collection. If you have ancestors who lived in the London/Middlesex area, and most of us have, you will know how easy it is to lose them in the great metropolis. The Collections offered by FindMyPast and Ancestry are such a great help.

There is a list of the parishes covered on the website, but sadly not the time period covered this is an admission that I think FindMyPast needs to address. The transcripts have been prepared by Cliff Webb an expert on London/Middlesex family history.

Clay Cross, Derbyshire Burial Records

FindMyPast has added to their Derbyshire Collection, this time it is 11,576 new burials for Clay Cross, Derbyshire. The new dataset covers the 1800 – 1998 time period. The transcripts have been provided by the Derbyshire Family History Society.

If you have ancestors from Clay Cross then you will be as keen to search these records as I am. I’ve put a link to the Derbyshire Family History Society below as well as the link to FindMyPast.

Enjoy Smile !!